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Focus on, 'Atlantic Coast Series'
The Atlantic Coast mixed media pieces form part of my ongoing ‘Fragile Habitats’ series. Like much of the British Isles coastline, the West coast of Ireland is eroding faster than expected and this little piece of Mayo is no exception.
We arrived towards the tail end of Hurricane Dorian last year with nothing between us and the devastated Bahamas. Poking about on an exposed, rocky beach we had time to delight in the extraordinary colour of the rock pools and came back the following day with sketchbooks, only to find that the wind had strengthened overnight and the outgoing tide had whipped away anything that wasn’t fixed.
I see these mixed media paintings or drawings and the collagraph and lithographic prints as records of the quite hard to find sea creatures and correspondingly abundant sea weed species. They are informed by quick sketchbook drawings made at the time and many photographs, recording look, feel and energy – getting to know the subject. I’ve yet to take them further to fully resolve my material through construction (and deconstruction) in paint. I want the depth of the pools, the wateriness, the fluidity, the quality of the vegetation to be the underlying story told through more notional qualities in composition, colour and mark-making of the painted surface
Courses and workshops - I am developing some online courses, workshops and one to one mentoring. Please bear with me! I will be in touch once these are ready to go. Contact me if you have any requests!
Check for next 'land' based course dates with Adult Learning, Sunningwell, the Summer School and privately, as the summer progresses!
Studio workshops dovetailed to your group. Please contact me to discuss options.
Jane Strother is a studio landscape painter working mainly in oil on canvas or board. Drawing from observation is an important part of her practice, primarily as charcoal or pencil sketches for painting but often developing into finished pieces in their own right. Initially, an arrangement of forms or motifs are established, which must have integrity in relation to the subject. The work is resolved through construction (and deconstruction) of composition, colour, mark-making and abstraction.
This adherence to the ‘truth’ can prompt marked differences in the work from one series to another, in choice of colour palette, of scale and mass, of mark. She is excited by composition, colour proportion and value relationships, the quality of a mark and its location, the palpable nature of the painted surface.
She trained at Bath Academy of Art, completing a BA in Fine Art and Printmaking in 1978 followed by a PGCE at the University of Bristol and in 2010 an MA in Art Education at Oxford Brookes University.
With experience, teaching has become interrelated with her practice. Since 1980 she has worked in schools, colleges and many private organisations, teaching challenging drawing and painting courses for all ages, which enable students at whatever level of experience or ability to develop their own art practice. She works to their needs as a teacher and facilitator. Considerable experience in the line management and training of tutors and in monitoring good practice while working for Oxfordshire County Council and Abingdon and Witney College, has enriched her own performance, both as a teacher and professional painter and printmaker.
For eighteen years she worked as a freelance commercial illustrator in publishing, packaging and advertising for a wide range of clients.
She has exhibited widely, most recently with Ella Clocksin, 'Land Marks' in Ely near Cambridge.
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